MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Berkeley County will hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new Berkeley Animal Center on Monday, June 14 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend to celebrate the grand opening.
Berkeley County was previously operating an animal shelter at a leased building on Cypress Gardens Road. The new Berkeley Animal Center will be located on County-owned property at 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner. See photo attached with the rendering of the new facility. Parking for the event will be available nearby at Berkeley Baptist Church. Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies will also be providing shuttle services from the church to the site. Puppies and other animals will be available for adoption at the event.
The new shelter is roughly 11,500 square feet and will consist of the main building, intake kennels, and adoption kennels. Additionally, the shelter will have three outdoor fenced-in grass play yards, two fenced horse pastures, and one fenced pig/goat pen. This expansion will allow the animal center to house approximately 200 animals inside, plus horses, pigs, and goats outside.
The project cost is approximately $1,796,000 and was funded with money from both the 2016 General Obligation bond as well as fundraising efforts. Construction bids were awarded to the SouthCon Building Group and Carrier Construction. The following County departments also contributed to the construction and setup of the facility: Roads and Bridges, Water and Sanitation, and Information Technology.
The new Berkeley County Animal Center is a source of pride in Berkeley County. Thanks to our wonderful staff, volunteers, and generous donors, this new facility will be a huge upgrade. Together with County Council, we saw an opportunity to better the facility and move to County-owned land. This critical decision will save money in the long term and provide a better benefit to the animals and citizens of Berkeley County. -Supervisor Johnny Cribb
This new facility will help us care for more animals and more effectively provide spay and neuter services. The need to spay and neuter animals in Berkeley County is a growing problem in our County and State. Additionally, the Animal Center will make us better equipped to help animals and connect them to loving homes. The facility was completed on a tight timeline, in time for a busy Summer. –Heather McDowell, Berkeley County Animal Center Director
For more information follow Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook. To make a donation to the shelter, please visit: animalcenter.berkeleycountysc.gov
– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –